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Volunteers to help Tampa Bay Watch build oyster shell bar
Volunteers to help Tampa Bay Watch build oyster shell bar

Riverview, FL-- Tampa Bay Watch has announced their plan to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Schultz Nature Preserve on the mornings of November 15, 16 and 17.

"Building an oyster reef isn’t easy," Tampa Bay Watch representatives said in a release. "After a six to eight month permit process, Tampa Bay Watch and an anticipated 40 volunteers per day will shovel a total of approximately 20 tons of fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags and then transport each bag by outboard motorboat and place it on the shoreline of the island."

The goal of Tampa Bay Watch’s Community Oyster Reef Enhancement (CORE) program is to increase the oyster population in Tampa Bay and at the same time, provide habitats for small organisms, prevent erosion, improve water quality and promote fish and wildlife habitats. In addition, this project benefits the Tampa Bay community by promoting environmental awareness and offering hands-on experience in habitat restoration.  

This shoreline and the surrounding preserve is home to colonial bird species such as the brown pelican, great blue heron and white ibis.

In addition to helping hands, Tampa Bay Watch says they are seeking volunteers with shallow draft boats to help with the transportation of bags of oyster shells from Williams Park Boat Ramp to Schultz Nature Preserve. 

For more information, check out the Tampa Bay Watch on Facebook.

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